Standing workouts are a great way to stay fit without ever having to get on the floor. You can do them almost anywhere and in a minimal amount of space, and the benefits are numerous: standing workouts work more muscles than floor workouts, they offer an increased range of motion, and they decrease risk of strain to the neck and shoulders. I have grown to love standing workouts, so try these two moves, for an upper and lower body standing workout!
Upper Body: Side Arm Raise. This move tones your upper back, shoulders, biceps and chest muscles. Grab a pair of light weights, and stand with your back straight, feet shoulder-width apart, abs tight, and knees slightly bent. With a weight in each hand, start with your hands at your sides and inhale as you lift your hands up to just above the shoulders, your elbows bent slightly. Exhale as you lower your hands back to your sides. Do 2 sets of 8 to 12 reps, resting briefly in between. This is just one of seven upper body standing workout moves in Fit Over 50: Your Best Body Now!
Lower Body: Lunge. This move tones and strengthens your buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and calves! Start by standing with your feet together, then take a giant step forward with your left foot. Keeping your weight over the back toes and front heel, bend both knees to lower yourself toward the ground; front knee should be directly above ankle. Keep your back straight throughout the move. Return to a standing position. Do 2 sets of 8 to 12 reps, resting briefly in between. Switch legs and repeat. There's six more standing workout moves in Fit Over 50: Your Best Body Now that can help you tone up your lower half!
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